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Old 12-21-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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I'm interested in purchasing a new graphics card for my Mac Pro 4,1 as my kit card is really quite slow.

This is the specific card that I am looking at, however I'm not sure if the is the best card to get.

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-3975-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling Graphics Card - Newegg.com

I know previous GTX cards have worked fine with out a bios flash and boot screen, but I just wanted to verify that the newer GTX cards will work as well.


Should I be concerned about the power consumption of the card being to much for my power supply? I am currently running 4 3.5" 7200rpm drives and a solid state drive in the lower super drive bay. My machine also has 32gb of ram in it. I can provide more detailed specs as requested once I return from the office.

Thank you very much for the help, I greatly appreciate!
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What model is the Mac Pro?

What is the wattage of the PSU installed in the unit?
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Thank you for the welcome!

The mac pro is an early 2009, details in the below image.



I believe it should be stock power supply that came with the unit, which according to the apple product support page is the following:

"Maximum of 12A (low-voltage range) or 6A (high-voltage range)"

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https://support.apple.com/kb/SP506?locale=en_US
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